McClaren Could Decide To Keep This Central Midfielder


Steve McClaren worked with Cheick Tiote in his Dutch Championship winning season at FC Twente and he has today intimated he may want to keep Cheick at Newcastle, although Cheick was making noises all season about wanting to leave Newcastle.

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Cheick Tiote – in action last season

Cheick only appeared 12 times for Newcastle last term,  but he’s been a decent player for us these last five years after we picked him up for a bargain £3.5M from Twente in August of 2010 after Graham Carr had been watching his progress for a number of years.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have been interested in the 61 times capped Ivorian international in the past, but we’d be surprised if any one of those top clubs still are interested in the player who turned 29 next Sunday.

The records show that Cheick played 43 times with one goal for FC Twente in 2009-2010 and in his three seasons at Enschede, he played 86 times with one goal.

Steve McClaren has talked about Cheick today:

“He didn’t play much for us at Twente, which was a strange one. But he’s done very well for Newcastle and I like Cheick. I know him well and I’m looking forward to working with him again.”

Steve McClaren will want to take a look at the players and talk with them when they come back in early July for pre-season training,  and if players need to be sold there would still be time in August to unload them if that’s what the club wants to do.

But it will be important for McClaren to take a look at them first hand,  before decisions are made on who to sell.

For the record Cheick Tiote has played 130 times for Newcastle in five seasons with that stupendous goal against Arsenal that equalized the scores at 4-4 in February, 2011.

It’s the only goal he’s scored for the Magpies but what a goal – take another look at this fabulous goal after 88 minutes  – I can promise you it will have you smiling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2sTWK4cTvI

Fantastic – there’s a great memory right there – it could only happen at Newcastle.

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121 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 16, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Sell Sell Sell!

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  • toonheroes

    Jun 16, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #2

    McClaren could maybe get the best out of Cheick but for me he lingers too long on the ball and makes some real howlers of mistakes with his passing. Didn’t like his comment about ‘Shit team’ either. You just don’t say that about your teammates even if it’s true. It’s a case of – When he’s good he’s very very good but when he’s bad he’s horrid.

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  • N1CK06

    Jun 16, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Newcastle are ready to sell Cisse? Where is this information even coming from?

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  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jun 16, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #4

    offfffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 16, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Why did he not play very much for you at Twente Stevie boy??! Was it because he gets injured and suspended a lot ? Or did you sell him to Newcastle quickly ?

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 16, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #6

    I’d sell but we absolutely need to buy a proper defensive midfielder to replace him!
    Hes on big money and is an absolute liability at times! Can be brilliant i’ll admit but when hes bad he turns the opposition into 12 men

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #7

    @Jayphoto

    Have not seen Tiote play well since we beat Man Utd 1 nil at Old Trafford which funnily enough was in a midfield 3 with Anita and Cabaye who were also excellent together

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  • Dragon64

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    once again all talk about who we are after all a load of rubbish. we will end up with shite once again?????????? this is the reality of jabber

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  • toonheroes

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #9

    I’d sell. We have enough DM. Don’t think we’ll get much more than 3mil for him now so only makes sense selling if we need to free up some space.

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  • toonheroes

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Jayphoto – We should never ever have let Gutierez go. Disgrace if you ask me after the character he showed. He could have played in DM. Good tackler and hardly ever lost the ball when playing it simple. Him, Anita and Colback would have been enough IMO

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  • Riviere Run Dry

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #11

    First out the door for me, Williamson is to defending what Tiote is to protecting the back four – both liabilities and any remaining good rep Tiote has is just a hangover from when he first arrived, was half decent and this myth about him being a midfield destroyer got out of hand.

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  • toonheroes

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Apparently Podolski to Galatasaray for 2Mil. He could have done a job for us. Probably wanted Champions league though.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce · 8h8 hours ago
    We understand #NUFC officials are meeting directly with Charlie Austin and his agent today

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  • BandB

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #14

    McClaren says he’s been briefed on the state of the squad.
    I wonder which experienced and qualified football person did this?
    Any suggestions?
    I am also beginning to think that when Ashley talked of bolting the horse to the cart he was referring to the signing of McClaren.,
    Perhaps someone told him used to manage the England Football Company.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #15

    It would have been seriously in the clubs best interests to have announced the signing of a CB even just for ST sales. The fact that they haven’t yet shows that this complex scouting and negotiating process we have either haven’t a clue who’s coming in or don’t intend to buy one.

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  • G peart 83

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Only club who gets a new manager/head coach and does buggar all in the transfer market

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #17

    JFA it would Help ST sales if they announced the signing of a player

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #18

    I hate transfer window. Its full of Sh&t

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #19

    BandB, perhaps his use of the term ‘briefed’ was a Freudian slip as a consequence of the squad being pants. 😉

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  • lesh

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Jail

    They haven’t got the brains they were born with! What happened to the targets that were supposedly lined up? No, let Charnley pi$$ about while other clubs sign em up! Clueless!!

    Toohero

    If McClaren wants character players, then Jonas couldn’t be a better start to signings. Take him back on a year deal plus a testimonial in support of some cancer-related charity such as the SBR Foundation.

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  • lesh

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #21

    B&B

    If Carver’s reported on the players, then it’s little wonder McClaren wants to review the squad himself.

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  • BandB

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail,

    I agree with what Nezza said earlier.
    Mbiwa was sold because he was surplus to requirements.
    We have a CB coming in. One will have to leave.
    We may bring in another. Then two will leave.
    We won’t have more than four. We have Dummett and Janmaat who can play there and the onus will be on trying to get kids coming through, whether the academy is a properly funded and skilled operation or not.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #23

    Still early days. Relax folks.

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  • lesh

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Nick06

    Cisse probably will be off – especially when his ex gets hold of him.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #25

    Trust in the tea boy.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #26

    @toonfromleeds

    Liverpool are also meeting with Austin officials today. Us meeting means nothing.

    He’s more likely to end up with Liverpool. Why would anyone want to end up at this club? Lol

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  • Jib

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #27
  • BandB

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #28

    lesh,

    I wonder who did the briefing though. One would hope and think it wasn’t Carver or Stone. Moncur is in no position to do it, and if Carr is spending significant time at the training ground these days it must be because he is getting so much younger.
    Which suggests it may have been Charnley.
    If Charnley is now a judge of footballers, all I can say is he has learned an awful lot in two years.
    And if it was Charnley (read Ashley) who did the briefing, I doubt whether McClaren’s review will have anything other than advisory force.

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  • toonheroes

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #29

    Well said Lesh. Unfortunately we missed a great opportunity with the legend that is Jonas Gutieres. Instead we treated him like sh1t.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #31

    ilovetoon8788
    Stranger things have happened

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  • toonheroes

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Good pic of Paul but god do I hate that horrible logo on our shirts.

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  • BandB

    Jun 16, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #33

    TFL

    Indeed.
    We signed Ferreya.

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  • Jib

    Jun 16, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Briefers probably
    Dave Watson 420 games for Everton knows a wee bit about footy
    Pedro Beardsley knows a little bit too .
    Alan Shearer and McClaran know each other well , I think Alan has a passing knowledge of the Toon

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  • BandB

    Jun 16, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Hi Jeff,

    You sneaked back then.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 16, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #36

    Plenty of fans saying sell cisse on last thread and plenty on this saying sell Tiote. I find it hilarious, have we been bought by a new owner? Have we become more ambitious? Have we bought alot of players recently? All this nonsense of sell this and that made me think we’ve actually got better players in….ahh no we are still seriously short!!

    Yes let’s sell our best goalscorer, whilst we are at it let’s sell the only REAL DM we have in our team, makes perfect sense lads!!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 16, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #37

    Das Boot. The tea boy’s gone and bought an orange submarine.

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 16, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #38

    toonheroes
    Letting go of Jonas was right thing to do but the way we let him go was awful.

    He and R.Taylor should have had proper sending off.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 16, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #39

    When the tea boy finds the tea pot, he’ll have everything under control. So chill out fellas.

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 16, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #40

    And we should be prepared to sell Riviere before we sell Cisse.

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